I’m a fan of companion apps for video games. I’m a console gamer (PS4) and love it when I’m able to extend gameplay beyond the TV. Companion apps allow me to do more with my games and I think anything that can get me more immersed in my gameplay is a good thing. Several major games that have come out over the past few years have had a companion app, though it still isn’t done often enough in my opinion. Whenever a new game comes out, I always to check to see if there is one and when there isn’t, I’m actual a bit disappointed that the developers didn’t go that extra mile for the fans. That’s not the case with Konami and Hideo Kojima’s latest masterpiece, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. There is a companion app of the same name in both the Google Play and iTunes App Store, but today I’ll be checking out the Android version of the app.
The MGSV:TPP Companion app has a few uses for those playing the game. First off, it can be used as a second screen for your in-game iDroid and view the full map while playing and not having to stop in the game to see this. That’s a huge tactical advantage as pulling up the iDroid in the game does not pause the game itself, leaving you open to enemy attack. With your map up on a second screen, you aren’t left unaware of what’s going on around you. You’re also able to mark points on the map as well.
The second really useful feature is being able to listen to all your collected cassette tapes. This means being able to listen to them offline when not connected to the game. You just need to connect to your PS4 once in order for it to sync what you’ve collected so far. It just grabs the audio from the cloud. I know it’s really hard to listen to these tapes sometimes when you’re playing so it’s nice being able to listen to them when you have the free time to pay attention to them.
The only real problem I had with the app is that it needs a constant connection to your PS4 to work properly so if you can’t connect to your PS4 with it, you’re out of luck. The app also boots you out of the map if it loses connection. The UI also needs a bit of work, but it’s not unusable. This is for the Android version. Not sure if it would be more stable on iOS or not yet.
Whether you find the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain companion app useful or not, you’re probably happy to see that it was free to download like all companion apps should be. Console games are already expensive enough so little things like this make us feel good when they’re free. Also, while the app itself is a bit buggy, it can still be useful and hopefully Konami updates it regularly to be a bit more stable.
Google Play Link: MSGV:TPP Companion App
Compatible Devices: Android 4.2 and up
Extend the world of “METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN” (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) into the palm of your hands.
Certain features within this application require a local WiFi connection.
Use this app as a support terminal to display maps, call support helicopters while playing the console version of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN. While away from the main game, listen to music tracks featuired within the game.
* Use iDROID Mode to Navigate
Linking your app to the main game allows yo to navigate the world of METAL GEAR SOLID V by using the iDROID as a navigational system and support terminal for calling support helicopters.
* This mode requires a WiFi environment to connectt to your game system. For more information, please refer to the “HOW TO CONNECT” menu within the app.
* Listen to audio tracks anytime anywhere
By playing up to a certain point using the iDROID mode, the player will be able to play the songs that are in the game anytime with only the app.
Konami Digital Entertainment
– Smartphones and tablets running Android 4.2 or later
[via Google Play]